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1 Presented by: Jaime & Ligia da Fonseca, Mumbai-India

2 1.The primary agency that promotes FC in India is the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage & Family Studies, P.O. Thuruthy, Changanacherry; Kottayam Dt. Kerala – 686 535, India. 2.The Institute trains Priests, Religious and Lay Faithful from India & some neighbouring countries. On an average 20–22 graduates pass out every year with a Licentiate or Masters degree in Marriage & Family. The Institute was established in 1996-97. 3. The graduates of the JPII Institute work in every corner of India in promoting the teaching of FC.

3 3. FC has enhanced the quality of pastoral care of families. Many of the priest graduates and some religious sisters are working as Directors of Family Apostolate in over 80 dioceses in India. 4. The CCBI (Catholic Conference of Bishops of India)[Latin Rite] has a Family Commission which promotes the teaching of FC. In March, 2005 (Ranchi) they organised the Conference on Family for the Latin Rite Bishops of India. FC was promoted in a big way and the bishops had a study session on FC.

4 5. The JP II Institute publishes the only India Journal for Family studies since 2002 and promotes the message of FC. 6. In 2006, the Archdiocesan Family Commission (Archdiocese of Bombay) organised a one day symposium on FC to celebrate 25 years of the document. 7. Snehalaya Family Service Centre runs 2 programmes to train family animators for the Family Apostolate [i.e. TFE (Training for Family Enrichment) - 11 month programme (one Sunday a month) and TFA (Training for Family Animation) – 12 day programme spread over 3 months.]

5 7.The syllabus includes the study of the entire FC docu- ment. Snehalaya has published the study edition of FC. 8. Snehalaya Family Service Centre, Mumbai also has been promoting the teachings of FC in the Gulf Region since 2008 in Vicariates of Northern Arabia [4 countries] Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain (not yet in S. Arabia) and Southern Arabia [3 countries] U.A.E. & Oman (not yet in Yemen). Seminars have been conducted for the clergy and lay faithful who are members of the parish family ministry.

6 9.South East Asia: Fr. Louis Taum, from Hanoi a grad- uate of the JP II institute (Rome Session) promotes the teaching of FC in Vietnam. Fr. Bernardino Agung MSF, from Jakarta, a graduate of the JP II institute (Rome Session) who is the secretary of the Family Commission of the Indonesian Catholic Bishops Conference promotes the teaching of FC in Indonesia. 10. The CCBI Commission for Family had its National Diocesan Directors Meet recently at Alwaye - Kerala from 11th to 14th Oct. 2011, which was presided over by the Chairman Bishop, Most. Rev. Dr. Lawrence Pius Dorairaj, Auxiliary Bishop of Chennai Mylapore.

7 There were about 68 Regional Secretaries and Diocesan Directors who participated in it. They were given a training on how to accompany families through family counseling. This meeting as well formulated an action plan for the coming year, particularly to pay attention to prevent break up of marriages through organized way of family counseling - to work out a guide lines for counseling, to create family cell and to establish family movements in the parishes. It also thought about to work towards "New Evangelization in the context of family visit".

8 11. Just this June 2011, Rev. Fr. Michael Peters, C.PP.S, present Executive Secretary of CCBI Commission for Family, completed his Doctorate in Moral Theology at Rome, and he did his thesis on "Family Moral Values in Valmiki Ramayana and in the Teachings of the Catholic Church - A Comparative Study." He has quoted all important documents, particularly FC of Pope John Paul II. 12. Singapore: The equivalent of a family commission for Singapore is the Family Life Society (FLS). They have since their founding in the 70s studied carefully FC and its implications for the family.

9 The document is familiar to the board and affliates and is often quoted. Besides just studies and quotations the sense of the family as agent and subject of evangelization has become a part of all their programs and events. In earlier times and until today the Catholic family and Social Movement (CFSM) have used FC as a reference for their work with families. Young families discuss the meaning of being the domestic church and this term has become common parlance in catholic family circles.

10 13. Asian level with FABC & the AsIPA Resource Team Wendy M Louis, the present Executive Secretary of FABC, Office for Laity & Family, has written articles on FC and the Family in Singapore for the SPIs newsletter. She has written a paper on FAMILY and Small Christian Communities (SCCs) for FABC Plenary Assembly on the Family in South Korea in 2006. She has co-written a paper with Mr. Gordon Morris on Families and Small Christian Communities with extensive quotations from FC. Even where quotations are not extensive the definitions and concepts are clearly from FC.

11 13. Asian level with FABC & the AsIPA Resource Team In 1994, for the first Asian Laity Meeting organized by the FABC Office of Laity and Family in South Korea, FC was developed as 3 modules to help families in Small Christian Communities understand their dignity, their role and mission. Conclusion FC has been well received within Church circles. But the question is not only about the reception of FC - although for this anniversary this is very relevant.

12 Conclusion The Church continues to speak of the sanctity of marriage, the family, prayer in the family etc., which is true and good. Inadvertently, we may be speaking in a language that is understood only by those who are already believers. Most often however, in our parishes and dioceses, we do not reach out with our expertise, resources and long term policies and strategies to help the real family struggle in inter-faith marriages, in poverty, separated by migration and poor values etc.

13 Conclusion Instead we ask them to attend programs, to come to the parish center for parenting programs or marriage enrichment, etc. The big question is – how the Office of Laity and Family of FABC can help dioceses with their actual situations. How can the Churchs teachings be communicated and be life-giving in these situations where the vast majority have little time for religion, are struggling to put food on the table and to raise honest, good children in a media crazy world?

14 Conclusion Does the Church tend to focus on the practicing, middle-class family? The language of our programs, the type of programs, events and services provided may give us an answer. Can we widen our view and see that the people in need are not the ones who come to us. The families in need are voiceless, often homeless and resourceless and the Church is their hope. More questions than answers! A greater dialogue between interested persons/institutions is needed. More questions than answers! A greater dialogue between interested persons/institutions is needed.

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